Huntsville, Ala – The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is excited to announce the opening of the newest exhibition, Burchfield Botanicals, which will be on view at the Museum for general admission until August 6, 2017.
Burchfield Botanicals, organized by the Burchfield Penney Art Center, features sketches and watercolors by American artist, Charles E. Burchfield (1893-1967), illustrating the different wildflowers and plants he found in the forests and fields around his childhood home in Salem, Ohio. Burchfield’s scientific sketches have been used in paintings and in titles of works over the years.
“We are beyond thrilled to bring these beautiful and scientifically accurate pieces by renowned artist, Charles Burchfield, to North Alabama” said Christopher Madkour, Executive Director of HMA. “The mixture of sketches and paintings, paired with the 3D elements from the Marchand Wildflower Collection makes Burchfield Botanicals an intriguing and thoughtful exhibition that will entice both art lovers and botany enthusiasts alike.”
Burchfield gained acclaim through inclusion in prestigious national exhibitions and received numerous awards. His artistic achievement was honored by the inauguration of the Charles Burchfield Center (now the Burchfield Penney Art Center) at Buffalo State College in 1966.
Burchfield Botanicals features Burchfield masterworks, paired with his early botanical sketches and objects from the Marchand Wildflower Collection at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Paul Marchand was well-known throughout the word for his meticulous work, creating “scientifically accurate and artistically superb casts of flowers and mushrooms” as well as dioramas for the museum throughout his career.
On Thursday, May 11th, Tullis Johnson, Curator and Manager of Archives at the Burchfield Penney Art Center, gave a detailed presentation about the life and work of Charles Burchfield during a Members’ Preview Party, catered by Chef Narvell.
For more information about the Burchfield Botanicals exhibit and to see what else is happening at the Museum, visit hsvmuseum.org.